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Cape Girardeau floodgates, river walk now open to the public

Crews clean up the debris left from the flooded river. (Source:Jasmine Dell/KFVS) Crews clean up the debris left from the flooded river. (Source:Jasmine Dell/KFVS)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

Cape Girardeau city crews reopened two downtown floodgates to the Mississippi River Tuesday, and decided to open the river walk to the public.

The water dropped enough after the historic New Year Flood in the past three weeks to open it back up.

"We were expecting it to be pretty bad," Parks Division Manager Brock Davis said. "[The river] was up for so long, and it got so high, usually we are dealing with way more logs and mud, three or four inches thick."

When evaluating the river walk there were lots of logs and branches but not as much mud as crews expected.

"The water went down fast enough, so it washed most of everything back out [into the river],” Brandon Davis with Cape Girardeau park maintenance said. “Which helps us out a bunch, it looks fairly different from what we've seen [in the past]."

Crews were expecting the boardwalk to take longer to open. But, after the city evaluated the river walk it is safe enough for the public access the river walk.

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